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Facial & sensory injury compensation

These personal injuries include facial fractures, dental damage, scarring, impaired sight/hearing or hair loss. This guide shows the range of compensation.

At the top end of the facial and sensory injury compensation scale are the cases of total loss of sight or hearing, worth around £220,000 general damages.

More common are injuries which lead to partial loss of sight or impaired hearing. Examples include industrial deafness cases where prolonged exposure to noisy machinery at work causes hearing loss and/or tinnitus.

 General Damages for Facial & Sensory Injuries

Min

Max

Facial Injuries

Skeletal Injuries

Le Fort Fractures of Frontal Facial Bones

£19,910

£30,720

Multiple Fractures of Facial Bones

£12,430

£20,020

Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex

£1,430

£19,330

Fractures of Cheekbones

£1,950

£13,200

Fracture of Jaws

£5,390

£38,060

Damage to Teeth

£910

£31,900

Facial Disfigurement

Females – Scarring

£1,430

£81,400

Males – Scarring

£1,430

£55,000

Injuries Affecting Sight

Total blindness and deafness (in the region of)

£337,700

Total blindness (in the region of)

£224,680

Loss of sight in one eye with reduced vision in the remaining eye

£53,460

£150,370

Total loss of one eye

£45,840

£55,000

Complete loss of sight in one eye

£41,200

£45,840

Serious but incomplete loss of vision in one eye

£19,800

£33,000

Minor but permanent impairment of vision in one eye

£7,620

£17,550

Minor Eye Injuries

£3,300

£7,320

Transient Eye Injuries

£1,840

£3,300

Deafness

Total Deafness and Loss of Speech

£91,660

£177,700

Total Deafness

£75,900

£91,660

Total Loss of Hearing in one Ear

£26,180

£38,060

Partial Hearing Loss/Tinnitus

Severe

£24,860

£38,060

Moderate

£12,430

£24,860

Mild with some hearing loss

£10,530

£12,430

Slight of occasional tinnitus with slight hearing loss

£6,160

£10,530

Damage to Hair

£3,300

£9,210

One recent case we dealt with involved a man who whilst carrying out repairs for an elderly relative in her boiler cupboard was exposed to a flammable material negligently left there by a workman. The material caused an explosion which damaged his hearing and he suffered from quite severe tinnitus.

He required prolonged treatment for the tinnitus (and post traumatic stress), both of which were funded by the Defendant’s insurers as the claim progressed, and the case settled for £60,000 damages.

Damages for fractures to facial bones range from £1000 for a broken nose (with full early recovery) to £20,000 or more for serious fractures to the jaw or frontal bones which require surgery and which leave longer term symptoms. Often facial bone fracture cases will involve other injuries, such as scarring, concussion or other head injury.

Facial scarring cases can be difficult to value and the range of awards is wide. A small well healed scar above the hair line will be of little or no cosmetic significance but the same scar on the bridge of the nose can be very obvious and will sometimes cause the accident victim serious anxiety. It is important to remember that the victim’s subjective reaction is relevant.

The Defendant must take the Claimant as he finds him, which means that the Claimant who suffers a severe psychological reaction to an injury, perhaps because of a constitutional vulnerability, is entitled to compensation for the full extent of their injury, even if another person may have got over the effect of the same injury without any difficulty.

Facial scars are often amenable to scar revision plastic surgery, and the private cost of the procedure is usually claimable as an item of special damage.

Personal injury compensation is divided into two main categories, one for the injuries themselves (general damages) and a second for the financial losses caused by the injury (special damage). This second category includes compensation for loss of earnings, care, and medical expenses.

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